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by Dror Moreh
In this much-discussed and highly relevant film, six former heads of the Israeli internal security service Shin Bet open our eyes to what is happening with Israel's war on terror. With surprising frankness, they reflect on their own dealings and the erstwhile and current security policy in their country. With much pain, Avraham Shalom even compares the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories to the German occupation of large parts of Europe during the Second World War. To back up their stories, The Gatekeepers boasts some often-rare archive footage, which has been digitally reworked so that it now appears as a full-fledged part of the film. It starts with the Six-Day War of 1967, in which Israel won an exceptional military battle but in the process came to occupy the West Bank and Gaza with their millions of Palestinian inhabitants. Giving a panorama of the history of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, filmmaker Dror Moreh tackles critical questions head-on, providing the interviewees with the space needed to express their viewpoints. This produces some fascinating insight into personal principles, career pride and the pragmatic value of fighting terrorism in contemporary politics.
France, Israel, Germany, Belgium
Director: Dror Moreh
Producers: Dror Moreh, Estelle Fialon, Philippa Kowarsky
Co-Producer: Anna Van Der Wee
Executive Producers: Yaël Fogiel, Laetitia Gonzalez
Camera: Avner Shahaf
Editor: Oron Adar
Sound: Amos Zipori
Sound Design: Alex Claude
Production Designer: Doron Koren
Produced by Dror Moreh Productions, Les Films du Poisson, Cinephil, Wild Heart Productions, MAC GUFF
In cooperation with NDR, ARTE, IBA, RTBF, Radio Canada
With the support of CNC, MEDIA, PROCIREP, ANGOA, Ils de France, The Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts - Cinema Project
In association with: YLE, DR, NRK, UR, RTS, VPRO
DIRECTOR - DROR MOREH
Dror Moreh is an Israeli cinematographer and director. Moreh's first film as director was Sharon, an investigation into the appeal of Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon. His film The Gatekeepers (2012) was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 85th Academy Awards. Moreh's latest film, The Human Factor, which is about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was released January 2021.
SELECT FESTIVALS & AWARDS
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2012〡NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL 2012〡SUNDANCE 2013〡TELLURIDE 2012〡IDFA 2012
"Potent enough to alter the way you see the world."
- Los Angeles Times
"Mesmerizingly cinematic... jaw-dropper movie."
- New York Times
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